Skills Training and Apprenticeships TAFE Scholarships

Scholarships a chance for rural TAFE students

06 June 2017

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Young people in rural western Victoria undertaking or hoping to undertake a vocational qualification are being encouraged to apply for a new pilot scholarship program.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan who is also Shadow Minister for Training, Skills and Apprenticeships and Young Victorians said the Rural Chances scholarship through the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation was a fantastic opportunity for young people hoping to undertake vocational study.

“Rural Chances is currently being piloted in the western half of Victoria and is open to people undertaking Certificate III or IV courses at TAFE or an apprenticeship,” Ms Ryan said.

“Young people aged between 16 and 24 who are facing significant financial or social challenges but want to further their education through a TAFE course or apprenticeship are eligible to apply.

“There are five scholarships of $5000 available to assist young people in covering the costs associated with vocational education including travel expenses and moving away from home costs.

“There are also smaller scholarships of up to $2000 available for specific items such as course fees, tools of trade and travel costs.”

Ms Ryan said the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation’s scholarship programs also offered mentoring and networking opportunities to recipients.

“Like with the organisation’s other scholarships, Rural Chances recipients will receive extra care from a personal mentor as well as leadership training and networking opportunities.

“It is important that regional Victoria’s young people have the same opportunities to access education as their city counterparts and I encourage any young person who is eligible to consider making an application.”

All applicants will need to meet a specific eligibility criteria including:

  • Live in the western half of rural/regional Victoria
  • Hold a Centrelink health care card
  • Identify a TAFE Certificate III or IV qualification they would like to enrol in or are enrolled in OR be undertaking an apprenticeship
  • Be planning to train in a skill area where there are skills shortages in rural/regional Victoria

Application are open until Friday 16 June 2017 at midnight and can be made online at


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